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Farewell Lynne's Lens

We were saddened last week to learn about the loss of a dear friend, Lynne Rostochil. She quietly lost her battle with cancer on November 7, 2019.

Lynne was well known in the historic preservation community. With a passion for modern design rooted in her genes (her grandfather was the respected architect R. Duane Conner) she crusaded for some of Oklahoma's finest "underloved" buildings. She even wrote a book about it!  Oklahoma City's Mid-Century Modern Architecture was released in 2017 and features archival images from the Oklahoma History Center (where she volunteered) as well as her own photography.

Her popular photostream on Flickr is a staple for any self-respecting Umbra chair owner. She was constantly snapping roadside architecture, ghost signs or shots of buildings many people would consider ugly. Some of those photos would form the backbone of a blog called Okie Mod Squad, created to support a group of casual gatherings that began in 2009. Those casual gatherings eventually became a popular Facebook community, and civic force for change when historic structures were threatened with demolition.

The most recent battle continues today over the iconic First Christian Church, an effort close to Lynne's heart as it was designed by her grandfather. She was even honored with her own day, "Lynne Rostochil Historic Preservation Day" by the Oklahoma City Council.

A memorial service will be held at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club on Sunday, November 17th at 2:00 PM.

Okie Mod Squadders discover the magic of Tulsa's hidden Bertoia sculpture in 2013.
From left: Matt Goad, Terri Sadler, Shane Hood, Lynne Rostochil and Robin Arn (hidden). 


The Recent Past

The Bruce Goff House in Vinita

We were recently surprised to learn about a Goff-designed home just an hour away from Tulsa in Vinita, Oklahoma. Vinita is probably best known to OK Mod readers as the home of the Glass House on I-44, also known as (shudder) the World's Largest Largest McDonalds . Anywho, turned out the Goff house was on the market, and the owner was more than happy to let us have a look around. We took a short drive up the turnpike one Sunday afternoon to meet the realtor, snap some pictures, ask some questions and enjoy another one of Bruce Goff's unique creations. The home is known as the Adams House and was built in 1961. The 3,700 square foot home is arranged in a circular floor plan with a large sunken "conversation pit" at the center. Rising up from this pit is a large metal fireplace, its chimney surrounded by skylights, which dominates the entire house. Rooms surround the perimeter with folding accordion doors acting as walls. To maintain some semblance of privacy an inner

The World Museum

The widening of I-44 through Tulsa will soon claim another mid-century building (see Modern Homes Make Way for I-44 ). This unusual landmark near Peoria, once known as the World Museum, is being emptied in preparation for demolition. The concrete complex was built in 1963 by the Osborn Ministries as a museum and "Interstate Temple." Self-proclaimed minister, T. L. Osborn, and his wife, Daisy, traveled the world as Christian missionaries and collected art and artifacts on their journeys. The unusual La Concha-esque building housed their partial collection and distracted motorists touring along the new Skelly Bypass (aka I-44). The exterior of the building is adorned with maps of the world's continents. In its heyday there was a good deal more- a giant outline of Jesus was on one wall. The inscription below it, "REX," provided one of my earliest Latin lessons when I asked Dad why that building had my name on it. There was also a large globe that once stood out fr

Visit to the Prairie Chicken House

This unique house on the edge of Norman, Oklahoma is known to most as the prairie chicken house. Designed by Herb Greene in 1960, he preferred to call it simply the Prairie House .  Thanks to the  Prairie House Preservation Society  (PHPS) it is now possible for the public to experience one of Oklahoma's most unusual architectural treasures.